An inclusive community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
Between Friends provides quality social, recreation, and development opportunities so that people with disabilities can connect, grow, and belong.
The core values are to be implemented and maintained by the CEO. The core values governing Between Friends are captured in the acronym FRIENDS and guide agency activities and decisions impacting all stakeholders:
Fun – We provide opportunities for smiles and laughter with friends
Respect – We respect all people and resources
Inclusion – We focus on abilities and build community
Equity – We provide support so that everyone can be successful
No Barriers – We adapt to the changing needs of our members and strive to diminish obstacles to participation
Diversity – We create a welcoming atmosphere for all
Skills – We encourage the growth and development of everyone involved with our organization
Between Friends provides unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability.
Between Friends members develop self-confidence, accomplishment and a sense of responsibility.
Our focus is on shared interests over individual differences. These shared interactions and experiences often become the foundation of understanding and lasting friendships.
Between Friends has been offering social and recreational programs in Calgary and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Through our programs, we endeavor to benefit all people and increase the community’s awareness, positive attitudes, and sensitivity towards their fellow citizens with disabilities.
Between Friends was originally established in 1970, as the Pink Pelican Club, by a group of parents seeking social, recreational, and community based activities for their teenagers with disabilities. The Pink Pelican Club rapidly expanded as programs provided a bridge for community participation.
In 1982, the organization obtained registered charitable status and a new name.